Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? Do you aim for a balance of the two? Have these habits changed in your life over time?
I used to be a big fiction reader for the first half of my life; but at some point in the 2000’s I’d say I began losing interest in fiction and gravitating more towards non-fiction, especially history and biographies of historical figures. Around the same time, I shifted what interest I had in fiction from prose fiction to poetry. Looking back on my life, If I had to pinpoint a reason why I would bet it was the experience of graduate school, where I had to read a lot of ethnographies and social science articles, that made me more of a non-fiction reader.
I feel guilty about this turn of events, but I’m not sure why? Maybe it’s because I view fiction as ‘art’ and non-fiction as simply information and analysis, but I have to say I derived as much enjoyment from the last non-fiction book I read, ‘Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight’ by Paul Hoffman, as I could from most novels. I guess I just become pickier and pickier about fiction, and perhaps that’s not a bad thing.